For 449 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alessandra Stanley's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Hellcats: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 449
449 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Plain Jane is more than shopping spree and vocabulary builder; it betrays a cockamamie respect for the therapeutic process, and it shouldn't be giving too much away to tell you that the snails lose, that the plain Janes blossom, and that no stimulus money has been wasted along the way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The insipid pop music that cues emotional moments is annoying, but the writing isn't. And the characters are more interesting than their headshots would suggest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    "Random 1" is not nearly as melodramatic [as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"], but it doesn't manufacture its miracles. It offers small, random acts of kindness, and that is sometimes a much better deal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon are talented comedians, but the writing isn’t quite up to their abilities.... The show improves when Russ leaves the house and hangs out with his bitter, profane best friends.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    It’s an action drama about a cop leading a double life and is itself torn in two directions: aspiring to the latitude and sophistication of cable, but still hamstrung by conventional notions of character development, exposition and taste.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Rivers is, even in this silly imposture, very funny, making jokes and playing the role of doting grandmother and interfering mother self-mockingly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alessandra Stanley
    The characters and mishaps on The Goldbergs are predicable, and the writing isn’t clever enough to overcome clichés.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Wyatt's story falls together a little too neatly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    An unsparing, and at times hyperbolic, portrait of bureaucratic turf wars, buck passing and complacency.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Women’s Murder Club is all right, but not good enough.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Alessandra Stanley
    Rosemary’s Baby bends to current fashions, and, accordingly, is more straightforward and much gorier than the original film. But partly because the story has been so altered, it still has mystery and suspense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Free Agents is not "The Office," but the lead characters are appealing, and the show is funny in its own, quite grown-up way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    As is so often the case, the premiere episode tries too hard and isn’t as funny as it could be. The writing loosens up later on, and has some charm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Danson has some funny moments, but he is not as comfortable in a comic genre where deadpan takes the place of punch line.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    At least in the early stages, the series is quite entertaining. But over all, the mini-series suffers from defensive storytelling; it's a narrative driven in splintered directions less by inspiration than by avoidance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Alessandra Stanley
    Hellcats is basically a soft-porn music video for teenagers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    Mr. Stone brings a more stentorian absolutism, leaving no room for doubt or nuance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    “Vanished” offers suspense and high-society melodrama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The dialogue, timing and jokes have the madcap pace and anarchic spirit of "Scrubs," and it takes a while for Ms. Cox to recalibrate her Monica persona from "Friends."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Ms. Flockhart... is not convincing as a woman of conviction. And that is too bad, because “Brothers and Sisters” has wit and grace.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The premiere episode is almost willfully strange and unlikable. But that doesn’t mean that the series is bad, just peculiar, a solemn mythologization — and mystification — of surfing as unearthly pleasure and life-sapping addiction.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    Chicago P.D. is, in many ways, a throwback to an earlier, male-dominated era of crime shows, yet it carves out room for strong female characters who are good at their jobs and taken seriously by their colleagues--and the writers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    This new suspense drama, about a small group of people who wake up as hostages in an empty, creepy hotel, has promise, but it also has familiar and ominous signs of a short life expectancy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Camp tries to sound cleverer than its conceit, but the series is most appealing when it keeps in mind that everybody has a story to tell about that one special summer at sleep-away camp.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Alessandra Stanley
    [A] low-key but charming NBC comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    Undateable may be unoriginal, but it’s not unwatchable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Alessandra Stanley
    There isn’t enough Jack Nicholson in Eastwick, and that is one of the main reasons to avoid this ABC adaptation of the 1987 movie “The Witches of Eastwick."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Alessandra Stanley
    It's well made and also at times unnecessarily cheesy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Alessandra Stanley
    The actors are appealing and well cast, but their characters are quite basic, borrowed shamelessly from Brat Pack movies of the mid-80's.